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Mauritius 1850 1d
  • Captured from France in 1810, independent within the Commonwealth (as a republic since 1992), was in 1847 the first British colony and the fifth country in the world to issue postage stamps. 
  • Mauritius was also the first colony to order stamps via the Crown Agents (1848), the world's first surcharges  were prepared in 1854, though not issued until 1858. 
  • The definitive issues from 1860 onwards, notably the Queen's head and Arms types, are full of interest for the philatelist and postal historian alike. 
  • Also of great interest is the pre-adhesive postal history, of both French (before 1810) and British (after 1810) periods.


PHILATELIC SOCIETIES FOR COLLECTORS OF MAURITIUS STAMPS AND MAURITIUS POSTAL HISTORY

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NEW ISSUES OF MAURITIUS STAMPS


Mauritius Philatelic Bureau 
General Post Office
Quay Street, Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel (+230) 208 2851  Fax (+230) 212 9640



SELECTED PAGES ON MAURITIUS PHILATELY AND MAURITIUS POSTAL HISTORY

Classic Stamps of Mauritius 

by Peter M C Werner

Postage stamps and postal history of Mauritius
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Stamps of Mauritius
The original website has now been taken down, but you can still access it through archive.org (version as saved on 22 April 2008). Or you may wish to look at earlier versions.

First Stamps of Mauritius

Blue Mauritius Research Companion

By Helen Morgan
This website contains biographical and bibliographical information about the Post Office Mauritius stamps and subjects related to them. It is based on Helen Morgan's research for the book Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps

Mauritius Local and Rural Posts 1840-1890
by Dave Tarry


Mauritius Postal History - Royal Visit of 1901

by Eric Hutton
In 1901 the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) visited Mauritius on their return from Australia to the UK.

Mauritius KGV 50c
Mauritius Postal History - The first flights between Réunion and Mauritius
by Eric Hutton
Details of the first flights and examples of covers

Mauritius Postal History - First flight Mauritius to France
by Eric Hutton
Details about the flight and examples of covers from this flight

Mauritius Post Offices and Postmarks
by Eric Hutton
Detailed listing of present and past post offices with examples of the postmarks

Mauritius Postal History - Perfins and Meter Cancellations
by Eric Hutton
A comprehensive listing of the perfins and meter cancellations used on Mauritius.

Mauritius 1950 Pictorial Definitives
A few notes concering the background and the design of these stamps


BOOKS ON MAURITIUS STAMPS AND MAURITIUS POSTAL HISTORY

The B-53 Obliterators of Mauritius
by Ken Baker, Harry Hayes, 1976, 32pp, ISBN 0905222091

A backward glance on Mauritius: For my display at the Royal Philatelic Society, London, 5th October, 1961
by Alfred J Stevens, Herald Press, 1961, 10pp

The Blue Mauritius
Vernon Warren, Gifford, 1954, 189pp
A thriller with a philatelic theme

Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps
by Helen Morgan, Atlantic Books, 2009, 336pp, ISBN 1843544369
The book follows the history of each surviving
example of the "Blue Mauritius" in great detail.

Classic Mauritius: The Locally Printed Postage Stamps 1847-59
by
Hiroyuki Kanai, Stanley Gibbons, 1981, 132pp, ISBN 0852592515
An illustrated work on the author's famous Mauritius collection, including photos of reconstructed plates, postmarks and postal history.

Mauritius KGV 2r50cThe Coat of Arms Issues
by Ken Baker, 1965, 45pp

Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps
by Leon Norman Williams, David Feldman, Geneva, Vol 1 - 1993; Vol 2 - 1997

Mauritius: Maritime Mail 1815-1868
by J W B Ruffle, Indian Ocean Study Circle, 1987-1988, 100 pages

Mauritius: The to Pay Manuscript and Handstamp Markings 1860-1876
by J W B Ruffle, Indian Ocean Study Circle,1985, 38pp

The Postal History and Stamps of Mauritius
by Peter Ibbottson, Royal Philatelic Society, 1991, 238pp, ISBN 0900631244
Mauritius Postal History and Stamps: Revisions and Additions
by Peter Ibbottson, published by Indian Ocean Study Circle, 1995, 128pp, ISBN 0952640708

Post Office Mauritius - 1847 The Tale of Two Stamps
by Michael Harrison, Stamp Collecting, 1947, 52 pages
This little publication which was printed on the occasion of the 100th birthday of the famous "Blue and Red MAURITIUS" and tells the story of the few surviving stamps of this issue known. It contains a little sheet with two reprints of the famous stamps.

Mauritius stamps, Mauritius, Mauritius stamp images, Mauritius resource page"Post Office Mauritius" and Its Legend: A Philatelic Study
by Alfred S De Pitray, Editions de l'Ocean Indien, 1992, 40pp, ISBN 9990300712

The Postal History of Mauritius
by E B Proud, Proud Bailey Ltd, 2001, 448pp, ISBN 1872465323
Postal History of the period from 1810 to Independence in 1968

The Provisional Stamp Issues
by Ken Baker, 1965 27pp

Stamps of Fame
L N & M Williams, Blanford Press Ltd, 1949, 280pp
Rare and valuable stamps of the world, includes rare stamps from Mauritius

The Stamps of Mauritius
by Christian le Comte, 2006, 78pp, ISBN 0955028531


ARTICLES IN GIBBONS STAMP MONTHLY

June 1994 issue of GSM pp 29 - 31
ARISING FROM THOSE BORDEAUX LETTERS by Peter Ibbotson
New research by the author provides additional information on the unique Mauritius cover to Bordeaux with the 1d and 2d 'Post Office' stamps. The cover was sold at an auction in Zurich on 3 November 1993 when it realised 5.75 million Swiss francs or about £2.59 million (including the 15% buyers premium).

January 1995 issue of GSM pp 54 - 55
MAURITIUS - THE 1925 LOCAL SURCHARGES by Peter Ibbotson
There was a reduction in postal rates on 1 October 1925 on Mauritius. As a result stamps and postal stationery were overprinted  pending the arrival of new printings. The author examines in detail the items which were overprinted.

April 1996 issue of GSM pp32 - 33
NEW LIGHT ON SOME MAURITIUS POSTAL MARKINGS by Peter Ibbotson
The author gives details of the post offices opened in 1847 and the handstamps issued for postal marking which were in use during the period 1847 to about 1864. The three postmarks discussed are (i) the 'Penny Post', (ii) the framed two line handstamp with bevelled corners - name of office in italic - date in roman, and (iii) the numeral in two concentric circles. The first post offices opened in 1847 were Mahebourg, Flacq, Pamplemousses, Souillac, Plain Wilhems, Curepipe, Ville Bague, Poudre d'or, Grand Bay, Black River and Moka. Additional offices were opened during 1848-51 in Riviere du Rempart, Grand River, Petite Riviere and Eastern Suburb (Port Loius).

Note  - I have acquired an almost complete run of Gibbons Stamp Monthly from January 1950 to May 2009. I will be working my way through these magazines and indexing them and adding notes in the same manner as above as I get to the articles.


PHILATELIC MUSEUMS
Mauritius Postal Museum
Place Du Quai
Port Louis

Blue Penny Museum
Caudan Waterfront
Port Louis